Monthly Archives: December 2014

Mom’s Favorite “Copy That Almond Joy” Cookie


Growing up the running joke in my family’s house was always around the almond joy mini candy bars. My mom would always try to hide them from my dad, sister and I. Unfortunately for her we always found them (either in the freezer or in the drawer with the electronics). Every year for Christmas there are always almond joys in her stocking. This year I decided to make some from scratch. This recipe is pretty simple and no bake.

This recipe yields: 50 cookies using a #60 scoop.

3/4 cup mashed potato (the original recipe called for Bob Evan’s Frozen Mashed Potatoes)
16 oz of sweetened coconut flakes
1 tsp of Mexican vanilla extract
4 1/4 cup powdered sugar
50 whole raw almonds
50 slivered almond pieces
12 ounces of your favorite chocolate, chopped finely (almond joys are traditionally milk chocolate) I used half semi sweet for 1/2 the cookies and half dark chocolate 70%)
2-3 tb vegetable shortened

1. Mix with paddle attachment the mashed potatoes, coconut, vanilla and powdered sugar.



Refrigerate for for 30 minutes to an hour in order for the batter to set.

2. Take a # 60 scoop and form cookies into a ball and top with raw almond pressing into ball with a gentle touch.


Refrigerate or freeze the cookies for an hour.

3. Once the time has elapsed. Start to prepare chocolate and shorten in double boiler for dipping.


4. Place cookie on fork and spoon chocolate overtop the cookie. *Helpful hint it really helps if you have two people doing this my husband is an excellent helper and I enjoy our time in the kitchen together!) Make sure to cover the cookie in it’s entirety. Helpful hint we do this right over the bowl of chocolate so no chocolate goes to waste. Also make sure to allow for the excess chocolate to drip off prior to placing the cookie on parchment paper to cool.

Garnish with 1 to 2 slivered almonds. Allow the chocolate to harden prior to placing in tins or plastic containers. Do not freeze after dipping in chocolate. The chocolate will turn white.



Chocolate Expresso Cookies


My husband and I took a holiday cookie class at one of our all time favorite places to venture in the strip district. These Expresso cookies are one of the many treats we baked amongst a flourless chocolate cake, Italian shortbread cookie and cream puff. We loved the Expresso cookie so much we made them for Christmas this year. I highly recommend taking either Enrico’s bread Class or cookie class for a memorable and delicious experience.

This recipe yields 63 cookies using a size 60 scoop

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 1/2 sheet pans with parchment paper. Set aside.

1 1/2 cup ap flour
1/2 cup Dutch processed cocoa
2 sticks of cold unsalted butter (1/2 a pound)
2 tb of ground Expresso powder
3/4 cup powdered sugar

1. Place all the ingredients in a stand mixer ( I have the professional series Kitchenaid which you want to made sure you start the on low speed and keep stand portion elevated and gradually lock into position as the dough starts to incorporate.


2. Mix until the mixer melts the butter. This can take time and differs. This method can take 5 to 8 minutes but it is like magic you will know when the dough is ready.



3. Portion out on 1/2 sheet pan using the number 60 scooper. Place cross design with fork like your favorite peanut butter cookie.



4. Bake in 350 for 12-14 minutes. Remove from pan right away and allow to cool on wire rack.


Enjoy! Only for adults!

Josh’s Favorite Gingersnap


I love the smell of these cookies in the oven! They are the perfect cookie if you are looking for a soft bite and will remind you of what grandma use to make. When I made these the first time my husbands said these are a “keeper”, which means for the Bakery someday ❤️. The original recipe was inspired by my favorite spice store and can be found here.

1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 1/2 cup ap flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1 egg
1/4 cup of grandma’s molasses
3/4 cup vegetable shorten
2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp Vietnamese ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 ground cloves
1/3 cup raw sugar (to roll the cookies in)

yields 32 cookies using a size 60 scoop


Preheat oven to 350 and parchment paper line 1/2 sheet baking pans. Set side.

1. Whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking soda, spices) and set aside.


2. In a mixing bowl with paddle attachment cream granulated sugar and shorten. Then add egg and mix to incorporate.


3. Add dry ingredients a cup at a time on low speed. about half way through add molasses



4. Remove paddle attachment and start to scoop the batter into small balls using a size 60 scooper.

5. Place the raw sugar in a deep bowl to roll the spheres into prior to placing on the pan.


6. Roll the ball around to coat with sugar to its entirety. Place the sphere on pan three to a row and 15 to a half sheet pan. They really spread out beautifully.


7. Lightly flatten with a glass cup to allow for even baking.


8. Bake for 11 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool on pan for a minute then remove to finish cooling on a wire rack.



Enjoy! They don’t last long in my house!

Banana Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Swiss Buttercream Frosting



My nephew turned three on the first and wanted a spiderman  mini cake and cupcakes. It seems just like yesterday he turned two and I was preparing a pistachio cake with a rocket-man theme Rice Krispy treats.

The party my sister had planned for him was a brunch and so I didn’t want an over powering sweet frosting first thing in the morning. After some investigative work I developed these treats for the celebration. Honestly these mini cakes taste like fresh homemade banana bread spread with butter.

Yields 16 cupcakes and one mini two tiered 5 inch in diameter cake Or just 42 cupcakes

Batter Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups of Bananas (I used 6 frozen bananas & 2 fresh bananas)

2 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 Cup butter (2 sticks)

4 eggs

1 Cup sour cream

2 tsp. baking soda

3 Cups all-purpose flour

1 TB. pure vanilla extract


Directions for the cake and mini cupcakes:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Line cupcake tins with cupcake liners and set aside.

2. Mash the bananas and set aside.

3. Cream the butter and sugar together until well mixed.Add one egg at a time and beat well after each addiition.Mix in the sour cream and blend until incorporated.

7. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour and baking soda.

8. Add to the creamed mixture and beat well.
9. Add the mashed bananas and pure vanilla extract and mix well.

10. Scoop out batter evenly using a size 16 scoop portion into 16 lined muffin tins. Bake muffins for 18-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.


11. Divide remaining batter evenly among the prepared cake pans (spray with baking joy). Bake for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Cool a few minutes and remove from pans. Let cupcakes and mini cakes cool completely before frosting.



Swiss Meringue Vanilla Bean Butter Cream Frosting Ingredients: Yields about 10 cups of frosting

10 Large Egg Whites

2 cups plus 4 TB of granulated Sugar

Pinch of Salt

1 TB of pure vanilla extract


Frost as you wish.




These are perfect for a brunch like my sister had for my nephew the taste is almost like eating homemade banana bread with a spread of butter.









Happy Birthday Spiderman aka Max!


Double Garlic Pumpkin Seeds


One of the bonuses to this beautiful fall squash the pumpkin is it’s nutritious seeds. They can be a sticky mess when you are dissecting the vessel but well worth the final product.

This recipe yields 2 cups of seeds.

2 cups of raw dried out squash seeds (2-3 pumpkin pie pumpkins should yield this amount)
1/2 tsp sandwich sprinkle (from penzeys) (celery salt, Thyme, marjoram,black pepper, basil and oregano)
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp seasoned salt
1 tb canola oil


1.Place all ingredients in a medium bowl. Mix with small rubber spatula. Until all ingredients are mixed well and seasonings coat the seeds evenly.

2. Spread 1 cup of seed blend onto a microwavable safe plate. Try to space the seeds so they don’t overlap.

3. Microwave for 1 minute and mix with spatula. Microwave for another minute and up to 4 minutes mixing with spatula in one minute intervals until seeds are golden brown.

4.,Repeat directions above in step 1 & 2 above with remaining cup.

Let cool on parchment paper. Enjoy!